Reading and Discussion: George MacKay Brown Centenary


Push the Boat Out has the honour of celebrating the centenary of the late and great George Mackay Brown. GMB was a giant of Scottish letters yet had a distinctly outsider sensibility. His musicality, his blending of fable and realism, and his placement of Orkney at the centre of his world have made an indelible and lasting impact on writers and artists of many stripes since.

Join Gerry Cambridge, mentored by GMB himself, and a band of other contributors to explore his legacy. Linden Bicket, scholar of his work, and writer Malachy Tallack, will discuss Simple Fire, Carve the Runes, and An Orkney Tapestry, the centenary editions of GMB’s works. They will also be joined by Roddy Woomble, Idlewild frontman; Caithness writer George Gunn; and Nalini Paul, GMB fellow and contributor to a new anthology of poems inspired by him and his writing.


  • £8.00
  • 17 October 2021
  • 60 minutes
  • 13:00
  • Summerhall, Dissection Room
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Sunday 17 Oct 2021
Summerhall, Edinburgh. United Kingdom